It was not with the idea of giving a complete historical review of my father's work that I chose this subject, as this is accessible in the literature, and the most important part of it is already known to most ophthalmologists. What I thought would be more interesting than anything of my own is a description of procedures, some of which may seem trifling, but which, taken together, made up a routine of painstaking care which, I believe, in difficult cases often made the difference between success and failure.
I will mention only his more important scientific work because some of it seems in danger of being forgotten, and he was never one to spend much time in insistence on priority for his own ideas. The substance of the theory that organisms live on the conjunctival epithelium, and hence the idea of the value of epithelial scrapings in
GIFFORD SR. SOME PRACTICAL PROCEDURES USED BY DR. HAROLD GIFFORD. Arch Ophthalmol. 1930;4(1):1–15. doi:10.1001/archopht.1930.00810090009001
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